Alarm Phone condemns ‘the cruel denial of responsibility by Maltese govt’

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The NGO Alarm Phone has condemned the statement by Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela on the group of migrants which are currently on board the cargo vessel Maersk Etienne.

On Sunday three of the 27 asylum seekers who have been stuck on the Maersk Etienne for a month have jumped overboard as the situation on board the tanker continues to escalate.

The Maltese government is still refusing to allow disembarkation of the group of migrants. On Sunday Prime Minister Robert Abela said that the migrants were initially saved in the Tunisian SAR apart from the fact that the vessel is danish flagged and therefore Denmark should take responsibility for these migrants.

Alarm Phone said it condemns the ‘cruel denial of responsibility by the Maltese Government.’

The group of 27, which had fled Libya and were rescued by the Etienne on 5 August. The Etienne had been directed to rescue the group by Malta, only to refuse it permission to disembark ever since.